After being absent from the Formula One calendar since the 1990s, the Mexican Grand Prix made a triumphant return in 2015. The circuit is always alive with passionate fans, most of which come to cheer on national hero Sergio Pérez.
The Mexican track is a tricky one to tame, and its high altitude and long straights result in Monza levels of downforce. Here, we’re going through the optimal setup guide for the 2021 Mexican GP in F1 2021, helping you to master the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez in wet and dry running.
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Best F1 2021 Mexico Setup
|Component||F1 2021 Mexico Dry Setup||F1 2021 Mexico Wet Setup|
|Front Wing Aero||6||6|
|Rear Wing Aero||9||10|
|DT On Throttle||0.70||0.70|
|DT Off Throttle||0.55||0.55|
|Front Anti-Roll Bar||8||7|
|Rear Anti-Roll Bar||8||8|
|Front Ride Height||4||3|
|Rear Ride Height||7||6|
|Front Brake Bias||0.54||0.55|
|Front Right Tyre Pressure||22.6 psi||23.0 psi|
|Front Left Tyre Pressure||22.6 psi||23.0 psi|
|Rear Right Tyre Pressure||21.9 psi||22.3 psi|
|Rear Left Tyre Pressure||21.9 psi||22.3 psi|
Mexico’s a weird circuit for aerodynamics because you need plenty of downforce for Sectors 2 and 3, but the straights at the circuit lead to the best overtaking places at the venue. So, they simply can’t be ignored.
For that reason, we have a 6-9 setup in the dry as it provides great stability and aerodynamic grip at the front and rear. This setup should allow you to get close enough to a car that DRS and a bit of overtake are sufficient to get past your rival. Crank the rear wing up a little bit in the wet for more stability.
This might be the most aggressive setup that we’ve gone for when it comes to differential settings in F1 2021. Mexico is a bit of a tyre killer, so you don’t want to be overstressing the rear tyres; nor do you want the car to be unsettled coming into the corners.
A 70 per cent and 55 per cent setup for your differential settings should look after the rear tires and allow for a nice level of rotation into the corners that keeps the car nicely settled as well.
Given the Esses in Mexico, we have gone for quite the aggressive front camber setup. You want a car that has strong grip in the sustained corners, but we have allowed some margin for error if things need adjusting, and it is always best to play things a little bit safer than you perhaps originally intended.
We have balanced it out slightly with the rear camber, being sure not to go too aggressive there, but you can afford to go a touch more aggressive in the wet for more stability.
We have cranked the values up for the toe as well, so that we get a nice, sharp turn-in response when we get into the corners. This setting t has been tweaked a little bit for the wet too, so as to increase the overall stability of the car.
Whilst there aren’t many bumps at the Mexican GP in F1 2021, there are lots of quick changes of direction through the twister corners and the fast Esses in the middle of the circuit. The last thing that you want is to have a car that’s unsettled and that spins out in those sections.
The above values for this track can be tweaked if you find yourself to be lagging behind your rivals or the AI a little bit, but they should work quite well in the wet.
The ride height is pretty standard, for the most part, in an effort to avoid the car clouting the kerbs and being spun around without warning. It is quite easy to do this in Mexico due to the levels of grip needed and how violent some of the kerbs seem to be in F1 2021.
In F1 2021, as you can offset the risk of a lock-up with a high brake pressure and a few adjustments to the brake bias, it’s best to go all-in for the brake pressure setup and just over a midway bias for the front brakes.
As long as you aren’t overheating the tyres around Mexico, you will be safe when it comes to tyre pressures. The last thing that you want to be doing is stretching a set of tyres out to try to make them last, or even worse, making an extra pit stop because your tyres have been overcooked.
It is really easy to fall foul of this at the Mexican GP, so feel free to fine-tune your tyre pressure settings for both the wet and the dry. You can afford to run them higher in the wet to grab some straight-line speed.
The Mexican GP in F1 2021 seems to divide opinions, but hopefully, our setup will allow you to go as fast as possible around the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez.
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